Essay on Learning and Diversity

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Diversity is when individuals differ in race, ethnicity, gender, class, language, religion, ability, geography, and/or age. Teachers will be required to teach in diverse classrooms with a variety of cultures and diversities. It is important for teachers to first learn how learning occurs in order to effectively teach all students in a diverse classroom. According to Moore (2009), learning is defined as “relatively permanent change in an individual’s capacity for performance as a result of experience or practice” (p.61). Learning is a complex process of acquiring and using information that takes place in the brain. Each and every person learns differently and at different rates. According to Culyer and Ebert (2008), “There is no age …show more content…
“Blooming and pruning” help the brain to learn and adapt.Different synaptic connections are made during different times during a person’s life. So therefore the brain is constantly changing for several years after birth.Synaptic pruning does not result in a permanent loss of an opportunity to develop a particular ability, such as a certain language, music, or athletics in childhood. In most cases as long as the child wants to play a sport or instrument then if they put forth the effort and try their hardest then they should be able to learn to play even if they do not grow up to be famous athletes or musicians. Through “blooming and pruning” and the will to practice and put forth the effort to want success, then anything is possible. According to Santrock, the brain can rewire and learn to adapt to different connections when necessary (2009). The brain can only handle a few items at once; the average human can “hold” seven items in their brain at a time. More than seven and the brain is in overload. Learning also occurs at different places in the brain. There are several regions in the brain including the cerebral cortex, temporal lobe, occipital lobe, parietal lobe, and frontal lobe. The cerebral cortex is the location that many human functions occur. Learning by hearing information occurs in the temporal lobe, learning by vision occurs in the occipital lobe, and
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